Two weeks and 13 states later…

Jul 23, 2010

I am home and just in time to turn around and head to CHA tomorrow morning. I had a wonderful time with my mom and dad driving up to see my Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and my Grandfather. It was a lot of driving but so worth seeing everyone. Here is a quick recap of my last two weeks…

Visited my mom’s (Childers) side of the family in Buckhannon, WV. Had so much fun seeing everyone. Downtown Buckhannon has some adorable and super wonderful antique stores. They even have a scrapping/stamping store that I was so happy to be able to visit. I found lots of items to incorporate into projects for classes.

This is what you see as you look down the hill from my aunt and uncle’s house. This is the old homestead of my great great aunts and uncles. The house and small buildings are over 100 years old. I love looking inside the buildings and the house. We had lots of fun family picnics there when I was little. My grandmother cooked the best meal on the old wood burning stove.

And when you are out in the country you get to do fun things like learn how to shoot a revolver. The is me and my cousin Kathy a.k.a. Lonestar and Lefty. Yes we did hit the target and more than once. So much fun.

My Aunt and Uncle don’t live far from the Sago Mine. So we went over to see the memorial they have for the miners that did not survive. It is a really pretty memorial. I loved how the made the two end pieces look like coal carts.  They have a bench honoring Randal McCloy Jr. the only survivor.

Here is my Uncle Ed (mom’s brother), Mom and Aunt Wilda (mom’s sister). Uncle Ed used to flip his top eyelids inside out and have me look for the headless horseman  on the dirt roads at night… he was such a tease when I was growing up… always fun when he was around.

After staying in WV for 4 days we headed over to Sanford, Maine to see my dad’s father. Grampa fell a few days before we got there and was so beat up. But he still has his sense of humor.

It was certainly a no make up day while visiting him… the temps were so hot. I could not believe it. A few days it felt as though I was back in Texas. While dad cared for Grampa during the day. Mom and I would leave for a few hours and head out on an adventure. We laughed so hard each day we cried. When we got back we always had something funny to tell dad and gramps during our shift. I tell ya mom and I can keep you entertained for hours.

We picked some of the best blueberries I have ever eaten. They were so big, juicy and sweet. After we picked these we headed home and put them on pound cake. Dad and Gramps liked that days adventure quite well.

While looking for antique stores of which we found many. We stumbled onto this old meeting house. Spinney is my maiden name so of course we had to stop and take a photo. This was someplace in the Acton, Maine area… way out in the boonies.

We also got to go to Long Sands and Short Sands. Mom and I bought some salt water taffy sat on a rock and ate it, listened to the waves roll in, smelled the salty air, listened to the seagulls, watched people swimming in the water (and thinking they were crazy cause that water is so cold) and pretty much decided life was pretty darn good at this very moment.

The old Nubble Light house is one of Mom’s favorites so I drove her over to see it and take a few photos. It is really pretty and the rocks around it are huge and gorgeous.

One day we headed over to Kennebunkport to see the beach. It was a gorgeous day. We walked around a bit then headed over to get something to eat.

It was another no make up day due to the heat and Mom was making me laugh. Who knows what it was about. We laughed so much everyday we can’t even remember all the things we laughed about. We ate the best fried clams at this place. It is called Bartley’s Dockside Restaurant. I highly recommend you order these if you are ever in the area.

So after driving from Texas through Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland,Pennsylvania,  New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine I am so glad tomorrow I am flying to Chicago. I don’t think I could take another car trip so soon. I will post my CHA projects later this afternoon. I think a nap is in my very near future.






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